South Bend jet crash victim credits faith for her survival


Investigators are still sifting through the rubble at the scene of Sunday’s jet crash. Two of the three homes impacted by the crash have extensive damage and may need to be demolished, according to the South Bend Fire Department.

The sight of yards covered in debris, walls missing from the structures and shattered windows paints a bleak picture for those that were inside at the time of the incident. Now, we are learning more about those that went through the ordeal and survived.

A mother and son made it out of their house without any serious injuries. Their neighbor, Diana Mckeown, had to be taken to Memorial Hospital but is now listed in fair condition.

But, Mckeown’s house is one of the structures with serious damage from the crash. The home that she grew up in may soon be nothing more than a memory.

Mckeown was raised on Iowa Street and returned to her childhood home a few years ago to care for her ailing father. Her South Bend roots are clear in photo after photo smiling with St. Joseph High School classmates at reunions throughout the years. Mckeown is also active at her church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

A close friend of Mckeown’s tells Newscenter 16 that on Sunday afternoon she had been praying inside her house when the telephone rang in the living room. Mckeown typically would not stop praying to get a call, but on this particular occasion she did.

Moments after she entered the living room, the jet crashed into her home. The ceiling collapsed and Mckeown was pinned down, according to her friend.

Mckeown’s priest tells Newscenter 16 that she was doing much better Wednesday. He emphasized that she credits her faith for her survival.


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